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Capacity Building in India Effective at Resilience to Climate Change

Around 60% of all farms in India are in semi-arid areas. Farmers here are the first victims of climate change, as water supply becomes more erratic. But some have turned themselves from victims to winners with improved watershed management, working in partnership with Hyderabad-based International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). They are now teaching their brethren across Asia and Africa to do the same.

In 1976, ICRISAT started on-site trials near its headquarters. Since then, it has introduced watershed management in more than 300 locations across Asia and Africa. A science-backed proven model is now driven by the communities themselves.

The people living in the Kothapally watershed in Telangana are among those with whom ICRISAT worked closely from 1999. The key to the success has been ensuring the community is empowered to drive the innovations with ICRISAT taking a catalyst role and providing scientific backing to the interventions.

Neil Palmer/CIAT

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